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Forum topic by Scootles posted 07-18-2014 05:32 PM 555 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scootles

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07-18-2014 05:32 PM

My BLO and Tung Oil cans are a mess. I was considering putting them in a Glu Bot, however I wanted to get your opinions before doing so as I know I have had BLO spontaneously combust and I was wondering if that is possible while in a plastic bottle?


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#1 posted 07-18-2014 06:19 PM

Should be no problem

To combust you need air and serious surface area.

The oil soaked rags burn, because if you were looking at the total surface area of all the fibers in the rag that have oil…. you have tens of square yards of area for oil to react, all in a confined space.

If instead (in your glubot) you only have the surface layer of the liquid… nothing will happen – heat wise.

This is why the quart cans never catch fire or get hot… they just skin over, and then no more oxygen to the oil.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 06:32 PM

I can’t imagine it. I’ve been keeping BLO in a plastic squirt bottle for almost a year. Spontaneous combustion is relatively rare but I suppose that theoretically with the right set of conditions it is possible but highly unlikely. For spontaneous combustion you need air and fuel in exactly the right proportions under the right conditions, difficult to achieve intentionally, rare to achieve accidentally. Rags maximize air contact while providing insulation, plastic bottles are unlikely to hold enough heat for ignition but limiting air contact will help if you have any doubts.

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#3 posted 07-18-2014 06:39 PM

Thanks guys. Now… any suggestions for bottles? Trying to keep them cheap to hold all my oils and glues.

Scratch that. I found 16oz bottles w/caps from a Vet Supply company for $1.16 each. Guess you just have to look in the right places.

http://www.calvetsupply.com/product/Boston-Rounds-Yorker-Bottle-16oz/Veterinary_Supplies

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#4 posted 07-18-2014 06:53 PM

My BLO is just in the quart can “sunnyside”

But I keep my glue in these. (also there are food bottles like ketchup and mustard bottles in colors and clear) often where the BBQ and Party Supplies are

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#5 posted 07-18-2014 08:42 PM

If you have a local restaurant supply company that allows retail, check there. You might be surprised at the cool stuff you can find and priced better than retail stores.

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 08:45 PM

Not sure but I have had paint spray cans in my garage bust open during the summer.

Not a good feeling!

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#7 posted 07-18-2014 08:48 PM



Not sure but I have had paint spray cans in my garage bust open during the summer.

Not a good feeling!

- timbertailor

I’m curious about that as well. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and on average my workshop is 110 degrees.

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#8 posted 07-18-2014 10:55 PM



I m curious about that as well. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and on average my workshop is 110 degrees.

- Scootles

If my shop were that hot, I would be worried about my body spontaneously combusting!

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Scootles

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#9 posted 07-18-2014 10:57 PM


I m curious about that as well. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and on average my workshop is 110 degrees.

- Scootles

If my shop were that hot, I would be worried about my body spontaneously combusting!

- ChuckV


Well, you know what they say. ‘Its a dry heat.’

It is warm, but doesn’t bother me. I just moved here from New York a little over a year ago, and 110 feels the same to me as 90 did back home. I thoroughly enjoy 115 degrees. Sun year round makes me very happy.

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#10 posted 07-18-2014 11:16 PM

I grew up in NY and now live in MA, so I know what you mean – “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”. It’s weird though, as I get older, I get more tolerant of the heat.

Congratulations on your move. It’s good to hear that you are enjoying it there.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#11 posted 07-19-2014 12:22 AM

I keep my BLO in a Titebond Glue bottle (but then I am pretty tight).

These bottles work well for finishes, hand cleaner, etc…...

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